After the obvious decision to start
Instead he turned to Martinez, whose ability to warm up and get loose would have been severely tested. And Manuel would have been second-guessed. Now Game 3 is set for Sunday night, and Martinez will be pitching in much more favorable weather.
That's the good short-term news, but Rodriguez also recently received a good bill of health from
There are seemingly two types of Twins, those developed from within and guys like Harris, who were acquired by trading players developed from within. It's instructive to follow the lineage of trades that brought Harris to the Twin Cities. Along with
"Any success that we're going to have in this organization," Minnesota general manager
It's been said before but warrants repeating, that the Yankees are spending $201 million on payroll this season, to the Twins' $65 million. Harris, for instance, is making $466,100 this season, which is only slightly more than his third-base counterpart, Rodriguez, makes in every two games -- at $33 million in '09 compensation, A-Rod makes roughly $204,000 for each of the 162 regular-season games.
Not one of the Twins' 10 starters last night was signed as a free agent. Six were drafted -- three first-round picks (
The walk has become a vital part of Boston's game. The Sox, the AL's third highest-scoring team did so while ranking sixth in the league in hits and second in walks. In their 95 wins, the Sox averaged 4.5 walks per game; in their 67 losses, they drew just 3.3 walks. But Boston has drawn only four walks in two games.
No at-bat better exemplified this than
Though there's no way of telling that the next few at-bats would have played out in the exact same way had Mauer been standing on second rather than first, the next two Twins also singled, which could have scored the catcher for the go-ahead run. Instead, Minnesota left the bases loaded (three of its 17 men left on base, by the way, to the Yankees' five) without plating a runner.
Last night's call on Mauer's would-be double was merely the most egregious mistake and perhaps the most poorly timed one, but it follows several other gaffes. In Tuesday's one-game playoff to decided the AL Central a pitch
No baseball game, from Little League to the majors, spring training to the World Series, will pass without somebody disputing whether at least one pitch was a ball or strike. But what's troubling about this week is that none of the oft-discussed blown calls was about a ball or strike and were all on plays that would seem to be easier to call.
Umpiring is, of course, a difficult and thankless profession in which the men in blue get the calls right the vast majority of the time and are only noticed when something goes wrong. Accountability is important, and expanding access beyond the current practice of having only a pool reporter ask questions of only the umpiring team's crew chief would be a helpful start, so we can learn exactly what happened and what went wrong. And maybe meeting the issue squarely will help any confusion and debate dissipate sooner, turning attention away from the officials and back on the competition.